Posted on Dec. 30, 2005, 8:01 p.m. in Fatty Acids, Lipids & Oils
Alkylglycerols (AKG’s) are lipids (fats) with a glycerol backbone that stimulate the production of white blood cells (leukocytes) to normal levels and encourage the growth of antibodies. AKGs are found in human breast milk, cow’s milk, and the livers of most animals and fish. Shark liver contains an exceptionally high level of AKGs. Alkylglycerols are considered critical to the development of a healthy immune system in children.
ROLE IN ANTI-AGING:
Animal studies suggest that AKGs may inhibit cancer growth by selectively destroying cancer cells via their ability to induce apoptosis. Some studies have also found that AKG’s help the body to eliminate toxic heavy metals such as mercury and that they may help protect healthy tissue from the effects of radiation therapy. Because of the immune system enhancing effects of alkylglycerols, they also help the body to fight bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections.
People deficient in alkylglycerols may be prone to infections.
THERAPEUTIC DAILY AMOUNT:
500-1500mg per day
MAXIMUM SAFE LEVEL:
No side effects have been side with doses as high as 6000mg per day.
SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:None known